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AFI's 10 Top 10 honors the ten greatest Americanmarker films in ten classic film genres. Presented by the American Film Institute (AFI), the lists were unveiled on a television special broadcast by CBS on June 17, 2008.

Clint Eastwood, James Woods, Quentin Tarantino, Lesley Ann Warren, Gabriel Byrne, Kirk Douglas, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Astin, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Elizabeth Perkins, Cuba Gooding, Jr., James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Martin Scorsese, Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Michael J. Fox, Dennis Hopper, Gene Hackman, Amy Madigan, Dominic Monaghan, Rita Wilson, Andie MacDowell, Harold Ramis, Roman Polanski, Robert Loggia, Talia Shire, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Stern, Norman Jewison, Sidney Lumet, Rob Reiner, Ray Liotta, and Jane Fonda discussed their admiration for and personal contributions to the films cited.

Like previous specials in the AFI 100 Years... series, the entire list of 500 nominated films is available on the American Film Institute website.

Animation

Presented by Jennifer Love Hewitt, AFI defines "animated" as a genre in which the film's images are primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors.

# Film Year Studio
1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Disney
2 Pinocchio 1940
3 Bambi 1942
4 The Lion King 1994
5 Fantasia 1940
6 Toy Story 1995 Disney/Pixar
7 Beauty and the Beast 1991 Disney
8 Shrek 2001 DreamWorksmarker
9 Cinderella 1950 Disney
10 Finding Nemo 2003 Disney/Pixar


Fantasy

Presented by Sean Astin, AFI defines "fantasy" as a genre where live-action characters inhabit imagined settings or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.
# Film Year Studio
1 The Wizard of Oz 1939 MGM
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 New Line
3 It's a Wonderful Life 1947 RKO
4 King Kong 1933
5 Miracle on 34th Street 1947 20th Century Fox
6 Field of Dreams 1989 Universal
7 Harvey 1950
8 Groundhog Day 1993 Columbia
9 The Thief of Bagdad 1924 United Artists
10 Big 1988 20th Century Fox


Gangster

Presented by Quentin Tarantino, AFI defines the "gangster film" as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.
# Film Year Studio
1 The Godfather 1972 Paramount
2 Goodfellas 1990 Warner Bros.
3 The Godfather Part II 1974 Paramount
4 White Heat 1949 Warner Bros.
5 Bonnie and Clyde 1967
6 Pulp Fiction 1994 Miramax
7 Scarface: The Shame of a Nation 1932 United Artists
8 The Public Enemy 1931 Warner Bros.
9 Little Caesar First National
10 Scarface 1983 Universal


Science Fiction

Presented by Sigourney Weaver, AFI defines "science fiction" as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.
# Film Year Studio
1 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 MGM
2 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 20th Century Fox
3 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Universal
4 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Warner Bros.
5 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 20th Century Fox
6 Blade Runner 1982 Warner Bros.
7 Alien 1979 20th Century Fox
8 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 TriStar
9 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 Allied Artists
10 Back to the Future 1985 Universal


Western

Presented by Clint Eastwood, AFI defines "western" as a genre of films set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.
# Film Year Studio
1 The Searchers 1956 Warner Bros.
2 High Noon 1952 United Artists
3 Shane 1953 Paramount
4 Unforgiven 1992 Warner Bros.
5 Red River 1948 United Artists
6 The Wild Bunch 1969 Warner Bros.
7 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 20th Century Fox
8 McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971 Warner Bros.
9 Stagecoach 1939 United Artists
10 Cat Ballou 1965 Columbia


Sports

Presented by Cuba Gooding, Jr., AFI defines "sports" as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.
# Film Year Studio
1 Raging Bull 1980 United Artists
2 Rocky 1976
3 The Pride of the Yankees 1943 RKO
4 Hoosiers 1986 Orion
5 Bull Durham 1988
6 The Hustler 1961 20th Century Fox
7 Caddyshack 1980 Orion
8 Breaking Away 1979 20th Century Fox
9 National Velvet 1945 MGM
10 Jerry Maguire 1996 TriStar


Mystery

Presented by Gabriel Byrne, AFI defines "mystery" as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.
# Film Year Studio
1 Vertigo 1958 Paramount/Universal
2 Chinatown 1974 Paramount Pictures
3 Rear Window 1954 Paramount Pictures/Universal
4 Laura 1944 20th Century Fox
5 The Third Man 1950 British Lion Films/Selznick International Pictures
6 The Maltese Falcon 1941 Warner Bros.
7 North by Northwest 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
8 Blue Velvet 1986 De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
9 Dial M for Murder 1954 Warner Bros.
10 The Usual Suspects 1995 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


Romantic Comedy

Presented by Jessica Alba, AFI defines "romantic comedy" as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.
# Film Year Studio
1 City Lights 1931 United Artists
2 Annie Hall 1977
3 It Happened One Night 1934 Columbia
4 Roman Holiday 1953 Paramount
5 The Philadelphia Story 1941 MGM
6 When Harry Met Sally... 1989 Columbia
7 Adam's Rib 1949 MGM
8 Moonstruck 1987
9 Harold and Maude 1971 Paramount
10 Sleepless in Seattle 1993 TriStar


Courtroom Drama

Presented by James Woods, AFI defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.
# Film Year
1 To Kill a Mockingbird 1963
2 12 Angry Men 1957
3 Kramer vs. Kramer 1979
4 The Verdict 1982
5 A Few Good Men 1992
6 Witness for the Prosecution 1957
7 Anatomy of a Murder 1959
8 In Cold Blood 1967
9 A Cry in the Dark 1988
10 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961


Epic

Presented by Kirk Douglas, AFI defines "epic" as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic interpretation of the past.
# Film Year
1 Lawrence of Arabia 1962
2 Ben-Hur 1959
3 Schindler's List 1993
4 Gone with the Wind 1939
5 Spartacus 1960
6 Titanic 1997
7 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930
8 Saving Private Ryan 1998
9 Reds 1981
10 The Ten Commandments 1956


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